It’s said that the way we smell can have a subconscious impact on how appealing we are to others. Part of this comes down to chemistry (as in, pheromone markers of our genetic compatibility with a partner), but it would be remiss to say that perfumes have nothing to do with it.
With Valentine’s Day right on the horizon, we’re thinking about scents that smell like love; like warm skin, romantic flowers, sparkling fruits and sensual woods. Fortunately, some of our favourite houses have new launches that fit the bill, from giddy-first-date-fragrance to comforting scents that smell like home.
Below, explore the GRAZIA edit of Valentine’s Day perfumes.
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MAISON MARGIELA On A Date, $205. SHOP NOW
This saccharine scent has just landed in stores at Mecca, and the timing is pretty close to perfect. Spiked with notes of juicy grape, sweet rose and sun-warmed blackcurrant, it’s a light, sparkling fragrance that encapsulates the buzzing anticipation of a first date.
Boy Smells Rose Load, $163. SHOP NOW
While not new to Boy Smells, Rose Load is newly available in Australia (finally!). This particular scent is heavy on the rose, but Earthy inclusions like agarwood, cardamom, and papyrus give it a masculine edge. Wear it to impress your Valentine, or simply to enjoy yourself.
JIMMY CHOO I WANT CHOO FOREVER eau de parfum, $203. SHOP NOW
If you want a fragrance that’s punchy, memorable and stays suspended in the air well after you’ve walked away, this is your new signature. It’s packed with heavy-hitters like rose, black cherry and jasmine sambac, while vetiver and tonka give it longevity. Best paired with a liquified silk gown, glittering views and someone tall, dark and handsome.